Inmates filling sandbags at Angola

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Posted: May 5, 2011 6:20 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: May 5, 2011 6:20 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Angola, limestone, sand, equipment, sandbags, inmates, Burl Cain

ANGOLA- Inmates are filling 60 thousands sandbags in the battle against the rising Mississippi River. Warden Burl Cain says improvements were made to the main levee system at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after a major flood in 1997. The lowest spot on the main system is 68 feet. That's about two or three feet above projected river levels for Angola.

The Louisiana National Guard has supplied the prison with tents that can be used in evacuating prisoners to higher ground near the front gate. The guard has also supplied heavy equipment being used to move sand and limestone.

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